Punjab: PGI Director has received letter from the health ministry to revoke two orders issued by the institute concerning extension of probation period, and then relieving of a nurse superintendent Jaspal Kaur in 2015
PGI has been asked to withdraw the orders immediately and submit a compliance report within a week.
On March 9, 2016, PGIMER had marked a letter to the ministry highlighting the issue of Jaspal Kaur. On April 22, 2016, a reply was marked by the ministry to the PGIMER and its copy is with the HT.
The letter reads, “the matter has been examined and it is observed that the order dated January 29, 2014 and March 5, 2015 regarding extension of probation period and relieving from services of Jaspal Kaur, nursing superintendent, have been issued without following due procedures.”
The letter further mentions, “You are, therefore, directed to rescind the above two orders dated January 29, 2014 and March 5, 2015 immediately and to send report in a week.”
The details of the case shared by HT highlight facts and imply that after giving served two years of probation at PGI, Jaspal Kaur was granted an extension of probation by one year-by the PGI administration. However, things went upside down for her as only the president of the institute which is the health minister, is authorized to take such decision. So, when Jaspal Kaur was actually expecting to get her regularization letter, she was given an extension in probation, to be later issued a relieving letter on March 5, 2015.
Jaspal Kaur was assistant nursing superintendent in the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32 (GMCH-32) and she worked there for 17-18 years. In 2012, she applied for the post of nursing superintendent at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER).